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Just 1% of Internet users creating web content? Not anymore, says BBC

The age of the ‘lurker’ is over, according to a new BBC report which debunks the widely accepted ‘1% rule’ of the Internet, which asserts that just 1% of users create content and 10% engage with them, while the rest of the world sits back and watches. The broadcaster has carried out extensive research which it says shows this model is outmoded. Participation is now the rule rather than the exception: 77% of the UK online population is now active in some way. 60% of the UK online population now participates in some way on the web, from sharing photos to starting a discussion.

09/05/2012  |  Full story...

Webby Awards- Pinterest, Instagram, BBC and Louis C.K. honoured at ‘Internet Oscars’

Social media newcomers Pinterest and Instagram joined internet stalwarts such as Facebook and the BBC in being honoured at the 16th annual Webby Awards this week, frequently dubbed the ‘Internet Oscars’.

03/05/2012  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence April 2012

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Industry themes we're tracking this month? The importance of innovation in your strategy: build it or buy it?

Instagram's $1bn price tag makes sense for Facebook's 'buy' strategy because it blocked Twitter, Google, Apple or MSN from leaping ahead.

In cloud storage, the trend seems to be to 'build' your own: April saw Google unveil a cloud storage service to undercut Dropbox, SkyDrive and iCloud. Our money is on Dropbox getting bought soon, as late entrants realise 'buy' will be the only option left.

Meanwhile in digital marketing, the choices grew further:

- Measuring brand campaigns? Google's new TV-style metrics could be the answer
- Needing new ad platforms? Tumblr finally opens up
- Approaches for tackling Pinterest? Amazon and eBay's social shopping tools just started pinning

This month's Digital Intelligence includes data on: top Facebook brands in the UK, Asia overtaking the west for online video, China's internet growth, and which days of the week work best on social.

As always full stories at the end of the click, and a great video of Google's 'goggles' - the planned augmented reality glasses straight from a sci-fi film.

Read April 2012

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iPlayer debuts on Xbox with Kinect voice and gesture features

The BBC has launched the iPlayer on Microsoft's Xbox 360 console free of charge, with plans for a launch on Sky’s Anytime platform now in the works. The move makes the BBC’s online catch-up service available all the UK's major gaming platforms. The deal has taken three years to be agreed after Microsoft initially wanted to charge for all content.

21/03/2012  |  Full story...

Video interview: Blackberry sets out on path to future

Research in Motion have had a turbulent year, as its Blackberry mobile range has lost market share to rivals such as Apple, Samsung and HTC. Can the company regain the heights of its former success, in the face of stiff competition from Apple and Android? Alec Saunders, the company's Vice President of Developer Relations, spoke to the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

29/02/2012  |  Full story...

Digital accounts for nearly a third of UK radio audience

The number of online radio listeners in the UK rose 16.4% during 2011, accounting for 29.1% of the total audience, according to the latest RAJAR figures. Although both internet radio, now 3.4% of the market, and digital TV, 4.5% of the market, have recorded healthy gains the main factor fuelling this growth has been the growing popularity of DAB radios which now command 71% of all listening. FM/AM listening continued its decline, hanging onto an overall listening share of 64.1%, down 2.9% year-on-year.

03/02/2012  |  Full story...

Sky to launch online TV for non-subscribers

Broadcaster BSkyB is to launch an online television service to non-Sky customers to combat a sharp slowdown in growth of its customer base. The channel will launch the online TV service in the first half of 2012, giving users access to Sky movies and eventually Sky Sports, on flexible tariffs, without signing a contract. The new Sky internet TV service will stream content to computers, tablets, mobile phones, games consoles and smart TVs.

31/01/2012  |  Full story...

Sky to offer social TV after $15m Zeebox deal

BSkyB has bought a 10% stake in social TV network Zeebox in a move that grants the broadcaster exclusive rights to use the two-month-old start-up’s technology in its own apps. Zeebox allows viewers to see what others are watching and connect with them via Twitter or Facebook, find information about programmes, buy products seen on-screen and search popular topics.

11/01/2012  |  Full story...

LoveFilm to stream ITV and BBC shows

Amazon-owned LoveFilm has signed new streaming deals with ITV and the BBC, as the online video service looks to boosting its UK television archive ahead of Netflix’s launch in the UK. The deals mark the biggest two TV content agreements signed by LoveFilm to date and covers hundreds of recent and archive titles.

10/01/2012  |  Full story...

SeeSaw video-on-demand site shuts down after 2 years

UK TV-on-demand website SeeSaw, has been closed down afer failing to renew content licenses. The website had been online less than two years, offering content from BBC Worldwide, Channel 4, Channel Five and several production companies. A group of investors led by Criterion Capital Partners took a majority stake in the business in July. CCP also owns the social network Bebo.


31/10/2011  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence October 2011

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This month’s research roundup gives more proof about the speed of mobile growth and rising social use. Worldwide mobile access is outpacing fixed-line internet access, and as India's new $40 tablet shows, the economic barriers to technology are tumbling. Global ad revenues from social media are exploding, set to surpass $5bn this year, and doubling to $10bn in 2013. In the UK, web adspend overtook TV - forcing many media agencies to rethink the weight of online vs TV in the mix for FMCG brands.

Below you’ll find how Google ramped up its analytics and encrypted user's searches by default and how Facebook beefed up its conversation management reporting, helping demystify that elusive return on social media investment. Microsoft finalised its own big social media play by securing the Skype acquisition, while Yahoo’s recovery looks unclear – lacking the budgets to acquire.

This month’s loss of Steve Jobs touched us all and united the digital industry. As chief architect of ground-breakers like Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad, Jobs had a knack for knowing what consumers wanted, before they did. He leaves a huge void not just in Apple, but in digital innovation.

Read October 2011

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BBC to fund digital radio roll out to UK

The BBC will pay for the rollout of the UK's digital audio broadcasting (DAB) radio infrastructure to reach 97% of the population. Tim Davie, the corporation's director of audio and music, said that the BBC would fund the expansion of the national DAB platform from its current coverage level of over 90%. In a speech to the Drive to Digital conference at the BBC's Broadcasting House in central London this wek, Davie said the priority was securing "solid coverage" in the UK's top 25 cities.


20/10/2011  |  Full story...

Xbox seals 40 TV content deals: UK gamers get iPlayer, 40D and LoveFilm

Microsoft has struck deals with nearly 40 TV content providers to provide programming over Xbox Live, with upcoming deals with providers in the UK including BBC, 40D and LoveFilm. Gamers won’t require a Gold (paid-for) Xbox Live account to use any of the new services, which are due to be up and running before Christmas.


07/10/2011  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence September 2011

Digital Strategy data - Digital Intelligence September 2011

Is Facebook destined to become the next AOL? This month saw the social network transform into a media hub, realising Zuckerberg's strategy of positioning Facebook as an "Internet within the Internet". The move has worked for games, providing huge ad revenues and rich demographic data yields, but will users be happy to watch Netflix films, stream Spotify playlists and read eBooks within Facebook's site? Or is it too similar to AOL's doomed "walled garden" strategy of the early noughties?

This month saw Google take the revamped Google+ public, buying Groupon rival Daily Deal and unveiling its potentially revolutionary Wallet service in the US. Meanwhile, Twitter's new analytics tool could help marketers shed light on the dark art of social media ROI, and the relationship between retweets and revenue on the micro-blogging site.

September also provided some prime examples of how not to get ahead in digital media. Yahoo fired fiery boss Bartz over the phone, leaving the former dotcom darling looking for a buyer. RIM saw its profits collapse as Blackberry lost its grip on the mobile market, and newly bought MySpace has been forced to postpone its grand launch. Award for worst CRM of the month goes to Netflix, which fumbled a re-branding and re-pricing strategy that outraged customers and forced a humble YouTube apology from the CEO, which you can view in all its wince-inducing glory below.

On the research side, we've got some telling stats on mobile broadband this month. 1 in 10 of eBay's customers now buy via mobiles, while the UN found that over 10% world population now has mobile broadband. Food for thought for anyone doubting the potential of mobile...

Read September 2011

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BBC leap to tablet content delivery strategy

Interesting announcements from the BBC about digital platforms. Future media director Ralph Rivera says tablets are at the centre of the way they’re redesigning their sites – but is this a case of being too far ahead of the consumer today, or smartly building the foundations for tomorrow. In a world where it’s easy to get the digital channel mix wrong, decide for yourself, here…


23/09/2011  |  Full story...

Channel 4 reveals 4OD viewer data for first time

Channel 4's catchup service 4oD attracted 3.4 million viewers in July, according to figures released for the first time by the broadcaster this week. Popular Channel 4 shows including Hollyoaks and Eight Out of 10 Cats also drove an unspecified increase in 4oD programme views, to 29m in July. 4oD had 3.4 million average monthly viewers last month, according to the report, with Sirens and Come Dine with Me among the most popular catchup programmes.


02/09/2011  |  Full story...

4oD app coming to iPhone as C4 takes on iPlayer

Channel 4 is launching an iPhone version of its 4OD application, as the broadcaster ramps up its online and mobile services. The app, which has been available on the iPad since April, will be released for the iPhone and iPod touch in September to mark the launch of a revamped 4OD service. Users will have 30-day access to Channel 4 broadcasts, as well as archived episodes from shows such as The Inbetweeners and The IT Crowd.


31/08/2011  |  Full story...

BBC iPlayer for iPad debuts in Europe for €6.99 a month

BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm, is launching a global BBC iPlayer app in Europe, with a global roll out planned later in the year. This video on demand subscription service, launching first in Western Europe, will deliver BBC shows to viewers in 11 markets.

For €6.99 a month (or €49.99 for an annual subscription), the app will initially be available in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Republic of Ireland, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.


08/08/2011  |  Full story...

Sony rejects YouView deal for Bravia TVs

The YouView internet TV project has hit another hurdle after Sony revealed they will not have the service on their Bravia range of connected TV sets. The BBC backed internet TV platform has been beset with delays and the loss of Thomson owned, Technicolor set-top box which jumped the YouView ship back in May.

It still leaves the project with several device manufacturers that are committed to the IPTV system in Huawei, Manhattan, Pace, Vestel, Cisco and Humax. YouView is comprised of six partners, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva.


12/07/2011  |  Full story...

Top 10 video streaming brands: UK

YouTube is ranked as the top online video content property in the Uk for April 2011, with more than double the number of viewers for the second highest site, BBC (sites ranked by millions of viewers).

Top 10 video streaming brands: UK. YouTube is ranked as the top online video content property in the Uk for April 2011, with more than double the number of viewers for the second highest site, BBC (sites ranked by millions of viewers).

21/06/2011  |  Full story...

BBC News launches on connected TVs

The BBC has launched its BBC News product for connected TV which will bring video news clips via the web to living-room TV screens. The BBC News product for connected TV combines existing video and text content from BBC News Online and will initially be made available on Samsung's range of Smart TVs. It will subsequently be made available on a range of connected devices over time.


20/06/2011  |  Full story...

Digital royal wedding stats round-up

If William and Catherine didn’t invite you, then maybe you’re one of the 400m who tuned in on YouTube? Twitter traffic spiked at 300 Tweets-per-second (with Kate’s sister earning a hashtag or two); Facebook tracked around 75 status updates per second; mobile network O2 estimated 65m digital photos snapped on mobiles on the big day; the BBC sites crashed briefly; and mobile GSM masts throughout the royal parks kept the net, working. A big day for the young couple; a big day for the web.

05/05/2011  |  Full story...

Google’s new search rankings: Winners and losers revealed

Well-known news sites such as The Guardian and The Telegraph, have benefited most from Google’s latest UK search update, known as ‘Panda’, according to new research. Early data from search marketing specialist and technology firm Greenlight, reveals big winners and losers, visibility-wise, from Google’s Panda algorithm update – designed to improve Google’s ability to detect and devalue “low quality content”, which it has now rolled out across all English language websites.


15/04/2011  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence March 2011

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Getting search right just got tougher.

This month's shift in the Google algorithm saw massive swings in the rankings of many brand and retail sites, cleaning up much of the spam but creating a few surprises along the way. Good news for the white-hat techniques of best practice, but bad news for many agencies who had been using link farms to bolster the clients' rankings. Getting search right is such a fundamental of web marketing that without it nothing else in the digital mix works properly. It's a core part of the always-on in digital marketing. And other engines are going even further in the war on spam and simply banning sites that don't make the grade.

This month's digital strategy healthcheck? Think beyond the brand and look for your new position on the category terms you need to be famous for. Track the movement, see where your competitors are and make a plan to climb higher up the listings.

Read March 2011

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BBC hires Alan Sugar to ‘cure or kill’ YouView

The BBC and other UK broadcasters have hired Lord Alan Sugar to attempt to save the embattled YouView internet-connected set top box venture. The business entrepreneur and star of TVs ‘The Apprentice’ was brought on board two weeks ago with a mandate to “cure or kill” the venture.


25/03/2011  |  Full story...

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